twist around one's finger
Also, turn or wind or wrap around one's finger. Exert complete control over someone, do as one likes with someone, as in Alison could twist just about every man around her finger. This hyperbolic term dates from the mid-1800s.
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- twist drill,
- twist grip,
- twist in the wind,
- twist someone's arm,
- twist tie
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